Rothschild library to host presentation to combat purple loosestrife

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ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) The Rothschild library will host a free presentation June 13 to share ways to combat purple loosestrife--- an invasive plant.

Purple loosestrife invades marshes and lakeshores, replacing cattails and other wetland plants. The plant can form dense, impenetrable stands which are unsuitable as cover, food, or nesting sites for a wide range of native wetland animals including ducks, geese, rails, bitterns, muskrats, frogs, toads, and turtles.

Chris Hamerla, regional aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, will discuss purple loosestrife and how to use beetles as a form of biological control. Chris will show what purple loosestrife looks like, describe the impacts of invasive species and explain the stages of raising beetles.

The event is June 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marathon County Public Library Rothschild Branch, 211 N. Grand Ave., Rothschild.